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Veterans Often Substitute Medical Marijuana for Prescription Drugs,Alcohol

July 11, 2019

Veterans Often Substitute Medical Marijuana for Prescription Drugs,Alcohol

As per the data published in the journal named "The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse", veterans who are enrolled in a state-authorized medical cannabis access program frequently substitute medical cannabis for prescription drugs, alcohol, and other controlled substances.

The study was carried out by a group of investigators participating from three different universities, i.e. the Palo Alto University, California; the Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia; and the Harvard University. The investigators surveyed marijuana use patterns in 93 military veterans who were part of the state-authorized medical cannabis access program.

Here is what the investigators were able to report; nearly 80% of the subjects that participated in the study reported that they consume cannabis "to treat mental health symptoms as well as physical health symptoms; nearly 69% of the subjects reported consuming it therapeutically to mitigate symptoms of chronic pain; nearly 66% of the subjects who participated in the study reported using it for anxiety relief; 59% for post-traumatic stress; and 56% for depression.

In addition to this, the investigators were also able to report that an overwhelming majority (more than 60%) of the respondents reported consuming medical cannabis as a substitute for other prohibited or licit substances, in particular, alcohol. More importantly, nearly 50% of the respondents reported consuming medical cannabis as a substitute for prescription medications.

Here is what the authors of the study were able to conclude:

"The current study also confirms the findings of previous studies that have documented a trend in substitution behavior, where cannabis is substituted for other drugs, which, if associated with reduced harm, could be beneficial for overall health."

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